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PNS Daily Newscast - February 21, 2020 


U.S. intelligence has told lawmakers that Russia wants to see Trump reelected; and the Trump public charge rule takes effect Monday.

2020Talks - February 21, 2020 


Tomorrow are the Nevada caucuses, and Nevada Democrats are hoping for them to run far more smoothly than the ones in Iowa. Candidates battle for that top spot and voting continues.

Public News Service - WA: Climate Change/Air Quality

In 2018, Bellingham City Council stepped up its climate goals, pledging to be carbon neutral by 2035. (CascadeCreatives/Adobe Stock)

BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Bellingham has made national headlines recently over a proposal to ban residential use of natural gas in its quest to be carbon neutral by 2035. But proponents of the plan say misinformation abounds on what the city's trying to do. Dr. Charles Barnhart, who was part of the Bell

During his 2020 State of the State address, Gov. Jay Inslee called on lawmakers to act to remedy the state's affordable housing crisis. (Office of the Governor)

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Gov. Jay Inslee called on lawmakers Tuesday to make affordable housing and ending homelessness their top priorities this session. During his State of the State address, Inslee said the entire state is facing a crisis. Last month, he proposed using $300 million from the "rainy day"

Wildfire smoke is a major health and climate concern across Washington state. (NASA Earth Observatory/Flickr)

OLYMPIA, Wash. - With the threat of wildfires looming larger, 2020 could be the year Washington state provides funding solely for preparing for them. The state's Department of Natural Resources is urging lawmakers to create a Wildfire Prevention and Preparedness Account, which would provide more t

Washingtonians at a public meeting on a Puget Sound clean-fuel standard noted the region's leadership tackling climate change. (Washington Environmental Council)

SEATTLE - The Puget Sound region has proposed cutting emissions from its biggest greenhouse gas source - the transportation sector. Public comment on a new Clean Fuel Standard ends Jan. 6. The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency rule aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation by 26% by

Avista is one of six owners in the Montana-based Colstrip power plant, the largest greenhouse-gas emitter west of the Mississippi River. (Rachel Cernansky/Flickr)

SPOKANE, Wash. – An eastern Washington utility is cutting its reliance on coal in exchange for more renewable energy sources. Avista has decided not to support any investments that extend Montana's Colstrip power plant past 2025. Colstrip is the largest emitter of greenhouse gases west of th

Climate advocates want Washington state lawmakers to focus on a cleaner transportation sector during the 2020 session. (toa555/Adobe Stock)

OLYMPIA, Wash. – As the effects of climate change become more dire, advocates want Washington state lawmakers to take bold action in the 2020 session. Climate groups commend the state's commitment this year to 100% clean electricity by 2045, but they say more needs to be done. One key is t

The utility Avista serves about 350,000 people in eastern Washington and northern Idaho. (Gov. Jay Inslee/Flickr)

SPOKANE, Wash. – Some electric customers in eastern Washington are moving closer to a future without coal. The Spokane-based utility Avista is waiting for approval from the state Utilities and Transportation Commission on a rate case settlement that includes an exit from the Colstrip power p

Transportation accounts for more than 40% of Washington state's carbon emissions. (Oran Viriyincy/Flickr)

SEATTLE – The Puget Sound region is striking out on its own with a bold proposal for a clean fuel standard. The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency has drafted a rule that aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation by 26% by 2030 in King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish counties. Tr

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